Tuesday, February 12, 2002 @ 10:14 AM
Iced Earth Merch And Stage Pro
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According to Blabbermouth.net, Iced Earth were forced to cancel their appearance in Budapest, Hungary on Friday, February 8th after the band were caught “smuggling” merchandise and pyrotechnic material into Hungary by the border officials. Authorities held the entire group in custody for a 36-hour period before letting them proceed to the next show in Vienna, Austria. However, the band's merchandise and above-mentioned stage props were confiscated by the Hungarian authorities and were not returned to the group when they were eventually allowed to leave. As a result, the band ended up arriving at the Planet Music venue in Vienna shortly after 6pm on the day of their scheduled performance, Saturday, February 9th, and were not able to play the entire three-part, 150-minute set as originally planned as there was reportedly "not enough time" to build up the whole scenery for the show. Instead they played a shorter two-hour set without pyrotechnics and other effects. At this time, there are no plans to reschedule their show in Budapest.